Seed priming in mungbean and chickpea strengthens disease resistance. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Principally based on Projects R7438, R8269 and R8221. Chickpeas sown from primed seed in farmers' fields in Bangladesh have proved to be more resistant to collar rot than chickpeas from seed that was not primed. Likewise, primed mungbean proved resistant to Mungbean Yellow Mosaic Virus in Pakistan. Then, tests in glasshouses showed that primed pearl millet was resistant to Downy Mildew. All this means that priming helps prevent serious damage to pea and bean crops from common diseases. Farmers in the High Barind Tract of Bangladesh and in eastern India now readily prime chickpea seed. They've seen for themselves that primed chickpeas are more resistant to disease than those that aren't primed.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact, Annex. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.


PSP29, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 17.

Published 1 January 2007